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November 26, 2005

Cold, cloudy, and confusing – but that’s OK ;-)

Double-star learning opportunity handout – to be read before observing session – and/or after.Download file Double-star field notes document with stars suitable for fall to early winter. Download file Well, I'm learning. I'm learning that my expectations for youth...
Posted by Greg Stone at 01:14 PM
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November 24, 2005

Doubles? No trouble!

I observed several double stars last night with various telescopes in the process of developing an exercise – an experience - focused on doubles for the public programs. This particular exercise is designed to help them start to develop several...
Posted by Greg Stone at 02:45 AM
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November 22, 2005

Slithering Sea Serpents of Serenity

OK, I want to talk about those "serpents" eventually, but there's so much more I find pouring out as my observing experiences set off chains of mini-mind events. Observing is such a delight – and I'm so bloody lazy...
Posted by Greg Stone at 06:27 PM
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November 20, 2005

Now this is nice!

Westport Shorelines, a weekly covering the area, devoted two-thirds of their front page this week to an article about Driftway Obseervatory. A good deal of that space was taken by a wonderful picture of one of the Webelo Scouts using...
Posted by Greg Stone at 08:35 AM
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November 18, 2005

37 and a nice crisis

I got up this morning at about 2 am pretty much assuming the moon was too bright for any interesting viewing, so I hardly looked out - but I did go to the Astronomy Picture of the Day site and...
Posted by Greg Stone at 05:08 AM
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November 17, 2005

Observing books, Websites and purchasing resources

Books and web sites to go along with that first telescope purchase. (Note: this ia handout used to supplement talk/demo on purchasing a first telescope.) Magazines Sky and Telescope - http://skyandtelescope.com/ They publish Sky and Telescope magazine, a standard with...
Posted by Greg Stone at 11:35 AM
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Buying your first scope

Note: This is a handout for a talk/demonstration given at the Westport Library November 17, 2005. As such,it is intended as supplementary notes - not a complete article. Six links to a good observing experience Most telescopes do an adequate...
Posted by Greg Stone at 05:32 AM
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Earliest evening start times for public observing sessions

Please note: We change the earliest start times every 15 days based on when true darkness begins We can start half an hour earlier if the target is the moon or bright planets Times for April-October assume Daylight Savings is...
Posted by Greg Stone at 04:42 AM
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November 15, 2005

Calendar Nov 14-21 2005

11/14/05 Monday Date 5:15 pm Earliest Lunar and Planetary Observing time 5:45 pm Earliest Star and Deep Sky Object observing time 13 days waxing Age of the Moon Special notes: Mars remains close and presents a disc of about 18...
Posted by Greg Stone at 07:53 PM
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November 08, 2005

Confusion reigns!

Plans go awry! ! Fireflies appear! Success! If I had to write the headlines for last night’s first session under the stars with the Webelo Scouts from New Bedford, they would read like the above. I had great plans –...
Posted by Greg Stone at 10:00 AM
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November 06, 2005

Splitting stars without mincing words

Robert Frost remains my favorite poet and some of the images he created have stayed with me for decades. For example, every time i see Orion rising in the east, as he is doing these November mornings, I think of...
Posted by Greg Stone at 10:59 AM
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November 05, 2005

Guided tours - a public program example

Guided tours are shaped to the times and specific wants and needs of the individuals. During the tour participants pack in quite a few experiences - and hear a lot of facts - in a very short time. Because of...
Posted by Greg Stone at 07:11 AM
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November 03, 2005

Return of the GSOs

I bought the 10mm GSOs from Agena Astro Products for $72 for the pair. Manish Panjwani, who I assume owns the business, had been very helpful with his emails and agreed to take the eyepieces back, less the postage charge....
Posted by Greg Stone at 07:19 PM
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Frustration and a rare connection

Morning after . . . an Observing Orgy Hey, I have fun observing and why waste "dark time" putting stuff away? I'll clean up later. Anyway - this is the way the Driftway Observing Deck really looks - not...
Posted by Greg Stone at 09:11 AM
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November 01, 2005

More GSOs, bad seeing, and . . .

Well – this morning wasn’t my best observing experience. But I did accomplish my main goal, which was to retest the 10mm GSO SuperViews in a scope with long focal length – the LX90 which is an F10. (Earlier test...
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  • Slithering Sea Serpents of Serenity

  • Now this is nice!

  • 37 and a nice crisis

  • Observing books, Websites and purchasing resources

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